Boys Athlete of the Week
Crystal Lake Central, sr.
Mosher made up for his personal disappointment at last year’s McHenry County Track and Field Meet in a big way.
Mosher suffered a bruised left knee last year and was not a factor. On Saturday at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field, he won the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and ran a leg on the Tigers’ third-place 4x400 relay.
Mosher will play football and compete in track and field next year at NAIA St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa. He ran the 100 in 10.99, the 200 in 23.0 and long jumped 21-10.
Girls Athlete of the Week
Lauren Van Vlierbergen
Van Vlierbergen anchored the Golden Eagles’ record-setting 4x800-meter relay team and then came back to win the 1,600 meters at the McHenry County Track and Field Meet Saturday at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field.
Sam Baran, Molly Barnes, Kayla Guiliano and Van Vlierbergen ran 9:46.11 for the record in the first finals’ race of the meet.
Van Vlierbergen came back in a loaded 1,600 meters, which featured Crystal Lake Central’s Sami Staples, Marengo’s Katie Adams and Woodstock’s Maura Beattie, and won in 5:05.04, 3 seconds ahead of Staples.
She also ran a leg on the Eagles’ 4x400 team that finished third.
Jacobs assistant coach Kevin Christian marvels at Van Vlierbergen’s all-around versatility. She finished seventh in the IHSA Class 3A Cross Country State Meet, but also runs a 400 in the 57-second range. Last season, Van Vlierbergen’s best race was the 800, which she still will run with the relay team.
“She’s all about the 1,600 this year,” Christian said. Van Vlierbergen has the area’s best time (4:58.10) in the 1,600 this season.
Good throwing: Cary-Grove’s Ricky Hurley and Huntley’s Justin Herbert staged some of the best competition in the county meet in the boys’ throwing events. Both threw their season-bests in the shot put and discus as they split those titles.
Hurley won the shot put at 53-9, but not before Herbert pushed him by throwing 52-6. Herbert then won the discus at 163-1, with Hurley throwing 161-9 on the competition’s next throw.
Mind over matter: Huntley's Omo Tseumah cleared 5-8 to set the high jump record at the county meet. She also cleared that height early last season in cooler weather not the most conducive for great jumping.
"I know it's hard, but I don't want that to be an excuse," said Tseumah, who will compete for Marquette next year. "I just prepare myself mentally. I tell myself, 'I came here for a mission and I have to accomplish that.' "
Giant efforts: Alden-Hebron, with an enrollment of 122, managed one of its better showings ever against the big boys with 13 points. The Giants’ Donald Johnson was third in the 100 and eighth in the triple jump, while Justin Gricar took fourth in the long jump.
Missing: Some of the top performers missed the meet with sickness or battling injuries. C-G’s Michael Gleeson and Alex Bussan, two of the area’s best 400 runners, were out. Prairie Ridge distance man Joe Cowlin also missed the meet.
This Week’s Top Meet
8:30 a.m. Saturday
• Huntley, Jacobs and Prairie Ridge will be competing in the boys and girls meet. Huntley boys are coming off their co-championship at last week’s McHenry County Meet.
Fox Valley Conference Meet 4 p.m. Thursday, at Grayslake Central • Cary-Grove will be going for its fifth consecutive team title. The field events start at 4 p.m., with running preliminaries shortly after that. Big Northern Conference Meet 4 p.m. Thursday, at Genoa-Kingston • Marengo, Richmond-Burton and Harvard are the local teams competing. Look for Marengo to score big in the distance events with Katie Adams and Allie Sprague.
– Joe Stevenson